How many of you have been on a road trip with kids and have heard the phrase, “are we there yet” about a billion times? I have! When B was about 4-years-old we moved from Seattle, Washington to Virginia Beach, Virginia. That’s about 25oo miles with a toddler! I’m pretty sure I lost count, or tuned it out, either way it was exhausting.
That’s how I feel every Christmas. It could be December 1st and my kids are asking, “is Santa coming tomorrow?” So, in order to alleviate some stress, and to teach independence, we’ve created an advent calendar for the first time ever!
I’ve seen many advent calendars in my time, but I wanted our calendar to be unique and special to our family. So, instead of daily candy canes or trinkets, I’ve made a printable of family activities. Of course, there are a few treats included every now and then. But my main objective is to do something as a family every single day until Christmas. This is our last Christmas in the states for a while, so I want to make it extra special for my children. Plus, with the calendar, they can stop asking me when Santa will be here!
The nice thing about making an advent calendar, is that you can personalize it however you want! I wanted to make this as easy and cost efficient as possible.
All you need is:
Large frame ( I used 27″x 17″)
Advent envelopes (found at local craft store)
I just want to start by disclosing the fact that I had no idea Michael’s had an “as is” section full off oops frames. This was the best find ever! I got my frame for only $7. Yes you read that right $7. Anyways, most of my items I purchased at Michael’s with a 25% off coupon, so I got everything for less than $12.
I love how adorable everything turned out! But the most exciting part is how much fun this is going to be all month long!
A Few Tips
Wrap your twine around the tack then tie a knot, this will prevent the twine from slipping out.
It is possible you may need a hammer. I am no wimp, but pushing in a tiny tack is hard!
Make your own banner. I looked everywhere to find a simple tiny banner, and it was no where to be found. So, with some cardstock, fishing line and adhesive letters, my very own banner was born.
Get creative! Make it personal! And most importantly, HAVE FUN!
Happy Holidays! Pin now, create later